FT Foodies: Tom Daley

Tom Daley, British diver

What’s the first thing you eat or drink in the morning?

A bowl of Nesquik cereal, a piece of fruit and a glass of orange juice. I avoid fry-ups, though I’ve treated myself once or twice over Christmas.

What is your favourite food?

Ice-cream. Not the posh, creamy stuff; I prefer yellow-coloured vanilla. I also like ravioli and jacket potatoes – simple eating.

What is your earliest memory of food?

I was about four or five, at a family wedding; I had about 12 prawn cocktails and apple juice, and was sick shortly afterwards.

What do you eat before a training session?

I have to eat something about an hour before training; not too much or else I feel bloated and sluggish. Cheese and beans maybe, or cottage pie.

What has been your worst kitchen disaster?

For Christmas my dad got me a soup maker; I tried making hot chocolate in it, and it burnt …

Which recipes do you know by heart?

Vegetable soup – it’s my after-training snack. I get butternut squash, carrot, an onion, sweet potato, chuck it all in boiling water and blend it.

Who taught you the most about cooking?

My grandma Rose taught me how to make broccoli bake – and vegetable soup.

What has been your most memorable meal?

I had some chocolate ice-cream just before the World Championships in Rome in 2009. It was so hot outside, I couldn’t resist.

What would be your last meal?

Sausage and mash, with onion gravy and peas.

Tom Daley is part of the BMW London 2012 Performance Team. www.bmw.co.uk/london2012

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